Ideally, after dying your hair it should sit for at least 15 days to allow the color to fully set before having a keratin treatment. This will give enough time for its color to set properly and will prevent an unexpected change during treatment.
Keratin treatments reduce hair porosity, leading to more uniform coloring results and helping the color last longer.
Choosing the right keratin treatment
Keratin hair treatments can be an excellent way to give your locks a sleek, glossy texture while simultaneously locking in color for extended vibrancy and beauty. When selecting your treatment, however, make sure it is suitable for colored hair – if unsure, consult with your stylist and they may have suggestions of suitable products that would best fit.
Some keratin treatments contain chemicals that may strip or fade your hair color, as well as damage it over time if used frequently. Therefore, it’s essential that you use only treatments free of formaldehyde and sodium chloride; in addition, heat intensive treatments should be avoided altogether with the use of heat protectant sprays for added safety.
If you have recently dyed your hair, keratin treatments should be postponed for at least 15 days in order to allow dye pigments to settle into the core before proceeding with any sort of treatment. Keratin can lighten hair up to two shades.
Waiting for the right time
If you regularly color your hair, it’s essential that you wait until the right moment before performing a keratin treatment. Otherwise, the dye might not penetrate into your strands properly and produce patchy or uneven results as well as damaging the benefits of the treatment itself.
At first, it is best to avoid styling products right after getting treated, due to its malleable nature. Keratin-treated hair can easily be manipulated by products and hair accessories that exert too much pressure, leaving marks. Even clips and pins may leave visible evidence if too much pressure is exerted upon it.
Additionally, it’s recommended to avoid swimming in chlorinated waters for one week post-keratin treatment, since chlorine can damage your hair’s protective keratin coating and lead to its degradation and eventual loss. Furthermore, when visiting pools or oceans it’s a good idea to wear a swim cap as chlorine damage could erode its protective layer further and damage its shine and smoothness.
Taking care of your hair after the treatment
After receiving a keratin treatment, it’s wise to steer clear of products containing sulfates and sodium chloride as these ingredients can strip your hair of its natural oils, which could impede on its results. To safeguard the color results and preserve acid mantle levels on the scalp while keeping hair healthy. Shampoos designed to do just this could also prove helpful.
Keratin treatments work by smoothing the cells of each hair strand to make your locks healthier and more vibrant. Keratin also enhances how efficiently light is reflected back onto the scalp, creating the appearance of shinier and brighter locks. A keratin treatment may even reduce fine lines and wrinkles found especially prevalent among colored locks.
Keratin treatments can create stunningly colored locks, yet cause its color to fade more rapidly than expected. To combat this, silk pillowcases may help reduce friction on the hair which causes creases or demarcation lines; additionally it’s wise to avoid ponytails or tight hairstyles that put pressure on it and may create dents in it.
Keeping your hair healthy
Keratin treatments can make your hair appear healthy, smooth, and gorgeous; however, beware using them too close to coloring it as this could cause the dye pigments to seep into it and leave your locks looking dull or patchy.
Hair dye contains peroxide and ammonia, which opens your cuticles so the dye can penetrate deeper into your cortex and interact with melanin pigments. Keratin treatments naturally lighten hair by softening its cuticles and smoothing away melanin pigments; additionally they also soften their cuticles for easier penetration by dye.
At least two weeks should elapse between applying keratin treatments and using hair colors, in order to allow time for your keratin protein to repair and rebuild the hair shafts. When washing your hair it is best to use shampoo without sulfates or sodium chloride as these elements strip natural oils, keratin coatings, and semi-permanent hair dye from being stripped from them by harsh shampoos that contain these components. It is also wise to avoid tight ponytails that might create dents in the hair shafts.